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    Wal-Mart To Trial LNG For Improved Fleet Efficiency Source - NGV Global Monday, 02 February 2009 00:00 USA, Bentonville

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has announced it will test two different alternatively fueled heavy duty trucks and two new types of heavy-duty commercial hybrid trucks as a part of the company’s efforts to build on its progress in developing a more sustainable trucking fleet. Their choice includes four Peterbilt Model 386 trucks and one yard truck, which operates only on the distribution center property, to operate on liquid natural gas (LNG). These trucks are part of a partnership with the Mojave Air Quality Management District and will operate out of the distribution center in Southern California.
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    Disneyland Resort Trams Now CNG-Fueled Source - NGV Global Monday, 02 February 2009 00:00 USA, Anaheim
    As of December 2008, all 16 Disneyland Resort trams, which transport guests between the two theme parks and parking facilities, have operated on clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG). The switch to CNG from a hybrid engine was made possible through a $1.17 million grant from the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program, which paid for nearly half the conversion costs. Using CNG will eliminate the need for approximately 50,000 gallons of diesel per year. For the 10 years prior to the conversion, diesel/hybrid engines powered Disneyland trams. "We at Disneyland Resort are proud of our commitment to exploring and implementing new technologies for a cleaner environment and furthering the environmental legacy left by Walt Disney," said Michael O'Grattan, senior vice president of resort operations. (Press Release)

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    Re: Wlamart testing LNG/Disney switching to cng

    Originally posted by Curtis View Post
    "We at Disneyland Resort are proud of our commitment to exploring and implementing new technologies for a cleaner environment and furthering the environmental legacy left by Walt Disney," said Michael O'Grattan, senior vice president of resort operations.
    What he really ment to say is:

    Originally posted by Michael O'Grattan
    "We at Disneyland Resort are proud of our commitment to exploring and implementing new technologies for a cleaner environment and furthering the environmental legacy left by Walt Disney, as long as we at Disneyland Resort are not required to expend additional capital to achieve these goals than necessary.

    I would also like to thank the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program for it's block grant because, as everyone knows, conversion to compressed natural gas is prohibitively expensive even for us here at Disney."


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      Re: Walmart testing LNG/Disney switching to cng

      Having ridden on the tram just last week, i can definitively say that they are without a doubt, some of the ugliest vehicles ever built... seem to run okay though...
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        Re: Disney switching to cng

        After posting on this topic last week I had to go and check them out for myself. Same old trams, although they seem to be adding several antennae on the mules (including what appears to be a GPS locator) and non-slip surfaces to the seating areas on the passenger trailers.

        Of course, they also added blue diamond stickers advertising the conversion: one on the mule itself and another on the last car of every tram. Crazi is right, though, the mules are U-G-L-Y; a problem they probably won't ever fix.

        Ironically, the trams seem a bit slower now. That change, however, was probably the result of the collision that occurred around Halloween 2008 in the loading area adjacent to the parking structure.

        CNGMike, in the Orange County forum, mentioned that the Tom Saywer Island rafts run on CNG. I have since learned that Disney uses CNG quite a bit: the Jungle Cruise boats and the Main Street cars & buses all use it. Parade floats are mostly battery-driven; you can sometimes see the 12-volt quick connect at the front of each float near the towing hitch.

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          Re: Disney switching to cng

          Was back at Disneyland on Monday, and I think any speed reduction is just policy based. I've noticed they seem to be limiting their speeds considerably while turning, with the 'conductor' informing the driver when the last car is clear of the turn, so he can accelerate again. As for other CNG use in the park, yes, CNG is pretty well used inside, though one notable exception i noticed was the Casey Jr. locomotive ride. A trip through the long tunnel made it abundantly clear it's emissions haven't been improved since it was put in back in the 50's...
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